This was a fun day, meeting female founders and hearing what you’re up to —

grassroots movements for trailblazing women, ‘bingeable books on international careers’, Dropbox for your website, crowd-sourced seasonal travel recommendations…

and what you’re up against —

product/market fit, VC or no C, marketing, CRM, how to be a better boss to yourself.

Thanks for coming out, and here to your next steps! show lessDelete

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Besides the Fbombs, 500 Startups founder Dave McClure’s trademark, investors discussed financefunding, froth and fundamentals in the startup world.

Here’s how the event at SanFrancisco‘s Intercontinental Hotel in June 2015 went….

Among the field of investors and founders discussing finance, funding, froth and fundamentals in theworld: Marlon Nichols of Intel Capital, Shauntel Poulson of Reach Capital, Heidi Roizen of DFJ, Michael Kim of Cendana Capital, Hunter Walk of Homebrew, Charles Hudson of SoftTechVC, Shadi Mehraein of Rivet Ventures, Jeff Clavier of SoftTechVC, Hamet Watt of Upfront Ventures, Diishan Imira of Mayvenn, and Ellen Pao of Reddit.

Dave McClure’s 500Startups PreMoney starts with a lot of F-words

Venture is a high IQ, high EQ, hustle business: Alfred Lin, Sequoia

Lunchtime: pioneering family funds, how culture is the invisible rug we trip on

Former Marine Paige Craig is an adrenaline investor

Series A is the new Seed round, declares micro-VC Manu Kumar

VC = product, Founders = customers, says Phineas Barnes

It’s obvious, and yet…Black entrepreneurs and ventures hold untapped value

Takeaways: Develop a brand, build a thesis, hustle

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Hi there, female founders of San Francisco-area startups — and their friends!

Got a micro question holding up your progress? 

Here’s an answer to get you on your way.

My fellow startup veteran Shefaly Yogendra and are offering a free speed advice clinic for startup up founders when Shefaly’s in town from London next month.

OPPORTUNITY DETAILS

  • What: Speed Advice Clinic for Female Founders
  • How: In 20 minute slots, the two of us will listen deeply to your problem and offer possible implementable steps
  • When: Thursday June 4, from 11am to 3pm
  • Where: A central spot in SOMA-SF

As you probably know, I just spent a year leading early growth, product strategy, community building and operations at a visual story app in SF. I also bring extensive global media and content experience including NYC tech journalism and Hollywood entertainment.

Shefaly recently exited her fine jewelry venture, and has 2 decades of international business building and CXO advisory experience. She’s been named a top writer at Quora for the past three years.

ASK US ABOUT THESE TOPICS

  • product strategy
  • content and community building
  • branding
  • market outreach
  • governance
  • global growth

HOW TO JOIN US

In the comments below or by private message, let me know you want to come. We’ll get you a spot, and tell you exactly where we’ll be. We’ll also take walk ins, so even if you’re not sure you can make it, reach out now to get the address.

CAN’T COME? TWEET US

Time permitting during the clinic, we’ll also reply on the #founderclinic tag to your tweets directed in advance to @anastasiaashman or @shefaly. Try that right now!

Let’s do this. Share this with someone you think will like it.

This is my last week at the Storia App by Selfish Inc’s headquarters in San Francisco.

After more than a year leading early growth, product strategy, community building and operations management of this visual story sharing app at RocketSpace, I’m moving on…

I’ve really enjoyed exploring a new realm of expression with everyone in the Storia development, design and product management team and the Storia user community, the gift of getting to know creative thoughtful people better through your creations in the app, sharing stories with hundreds of people around the world, and all the candid discussions we’ve had about our life and passions.

I also admire the vision of so many beta testers and content creators for this new storytelling service and its budding community. The feedback shared with me about shaping Storia as a technology that supports your life and most important relationships and pursuits has been insightful, and generous.

To everyone I’ve talked with in the past 16 months — whether you used the app or not, whether you’re on Android or iOS or only the web, whether we’ve known each other for ages or just met on the side of the road for a few minutes, believe me, we talked about it — I thank you for your contributions to the development of this story sharing social network and want you to know that I was listening deeply.

Even as I move on, I’m looking forward to what Storia has planned, and what people everywhere are going to do with Storia in the future.

What’s next for me? I’ll be around, and engaging with you about where we’re headed with content, community, visual storytelling, and all things digital media and startup.

I’ll also be talking with startups about chief product or chief community builder roles, and consulting on product, operations, marketing, growth.

On June 4, I’ll be holding a speed advice clinic for startup founders in San Francisco.

With CXO advisor visiting from London Shefaly Yogendra — who recently exited her fine jewellery venture and has two decades of international business building, and has been named a top writer at Quora for the past three years — in 20 minute slots, we’ll listen deeply to your problem and offer possible implementable steps.

Let me know if you want to come that day with a question related to product strategy, content and community building, branding, market outreach, governance, global growth. We’ll get you a spot, and tell you where we’ll be.

That’s what Toronto celebrity chef Zane Caplansky and I are going to find out, and you’re invited to join us.081aea7f4d886001-081aea7f4d886002

We’re collaborating at Storia.me (formerly named Selfish), the new visual storytelling service where I’ve been heading content and community for the past year, to create the foundation of a book about his adventures building a deli empire.

Zane’s a great storyteller, and his quest for the perfect smoked meat sandwich has taken him on a personal and professional journey around the world, from dive bars and divorce into foodie business ventures on wheels and construction lots, and onto the shelves of Whole Foods and television shows judging donuts and national radio airwaves talking about what makes Canadian food uniquely Canadian.

He’s changed his name and returned to his roots and now he’s serving handmade, homemade Jewish deli food the way his mother and grandmother taught him, and sharing his biggest lessons about life and how what we crave — yes, it could be a sandwich — holds the key to our future.

It’s a story we can all enjoy.

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In fact, a major Canadian literary agent requested Zane’s book proposal.

Two years ago.

Does that sound familiar?

It’s a common story and nightmare of many promising writers. You’re busy. It’s a lot of material to get your arms around. It’s overwhelming! It takes time to pick out a narrative, pin down the content you want to draw from when you start writing. It also takes time to compare and contrast other related titles.

So here’s what Zane and I are going to try at Storia.me, with its topic-specific, ongoing stories and its moments of photo, video and text:

We’ll start capturing chapter ideas for his memoir in an exclusive story, and in this collaborative story Proposing Deli Man we’ll walk you through what we’re doing together. Kind of like a blueprint for how we’re doing it.

If you’re a writer you’ll probably find it interesting in a behind-the-scenes-in-publishing kind of way (and you might want to try it yourself, right along with us).

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If you’re a fan of Zane’s food and his life stories, you might like to see him put together this book like he puts together his lovingly made smoked meat sandwiches.

He’ll also be sharing about this project on all his platforms — like a media- and audience-savvy book author needs to — and inviting people to come peek in and comment. That includes you. We want to hear your thoughts every step of the way.

“It’s a good example of collaboration, as well as a brilliant idea and useful for me,” Zane says.

We can’t wait to get started. So subscribe right now to our behind-the-scenes story Proposing Deli Man, and Zane Caplansky’s Story where we’ll be capturing all the delicious material representing his story, and be sure you’re following Zane too so you don’t miss any new stories he starts.

If you know anyone who would like to watch this unfold, or take part themselves, share this right now.

See you in the story!

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 4.04.25 PMThanks to Mary-Lea Awanohara of The Displaced Nation for these kind words!

“When the Displaced Nation first started, Anastasia Ashman, an American living in Istanbul, was running a blog tailored to the needs of the “thinking expat.”

“It seemed almost too good to be true: a group of women who were passionate about telling stories that illustrated the impact of the expat life on a person’s psyche. Had Anastasia rubbed a magic lamp to conjure up a kind of foreign harem? After all, her site was called Expat+HAREM. The work she created on the basis of her Turkish expat life has lived on in her wake.”

So glad to see this great interview with Katie Belliel and Rose Deniz about their upcoming anthology Sofra: A Gathering of Foreign Voices Around the Turkish Table.

See other posts on this site about Displaced Nation.

Are You On Flipboard?

7 March 2015 Community

Are you on Flipboard? I’m testing it out as a curation platform. Here are my magazines on social justice, “SJW: There’s nothing wrong with wanting to right the world“, and forward thinking in culture, media, tech & digital life. See what you think!   Related Posts:Speaking About Community Building With Social Media at…Most-Anticipated Launch Of The Season: […]

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#FilmHerStory: Anicia Juliana

4 March 2015 Archaeology

For women’s history month,  #filmherstory, an addictive Twitter meme calls attention to female protagonists and their forgotten, ignored, or too-little-known stories we want to see on screen…there are so so many. As far as I can tell, it was started by  curator Shaula Evans, film producer Cat Cooper, Miriam Bale and film and TV creator Lexi Alexander. Read […]

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Bringing decision-maker and startup mentor Shefaly Yogendra to RocketSpace

25 February 2015 Community

“almost all our #decisionmaking issues begin & end with people, we aren’t making decisions in a vacuum.” ~ @shefaly at @RocketSpace workshop — Anastasia Ashman (@AnastasiaAshman) February 26, 2015 Did you know decision making is a discipline? Thrilled to be able to bring my longtime friend and global woman entrepreneur peer Shefaly Yogendra, visiting the […]

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Facebook As Ferguson Firewall

24 February 2015 Connected Divide

When protests were erupting in Ferguson, Missouri (and in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Washington DC and Seattle) after the Darren Wilson Grand Jury ruling in his fatal shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, my Twitter timeline was nothing but Ferguson. (I also had Ferguson-devoted Twitter lists to dip into.) But same as in […]

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